Here is an extract from the news sheet for Sunday 5th July. For the full news sheet please download the PDF thank you.
Welcome to Mirfield Team Parish
Sunday 5th July 2020 The Fourth Sunday after Trinity
Both St. Mary’s and St. John’s will be open for private prayer at the following times:
Sunday 2pm to 4 pm and Wednesday 10 am to 12 noon.
Please follow the instructions for hygiene and social distancing.
A maximum of 10 visitors at one time at St. Mary’s and 4 at St. John’s.
The message I gave last week about where we are in our thinking about opening for worship in our churches remains pretty much the same. I can, however, add that the guidance from the Government and then from the Diocese as to how we can open safely was sent out on the 2nd of July for us to work with. The Standing Committee will be meeting this coming week to use the guidelines to form a basic plan to be agreed by the PCC and put in place as soon as possible. Until we have worked carefully through all this we shall not be opening for worship and we are allowing ourselves initially until the beginning of August. If we find that we can open safely before this time we will do so. When we have dates and times we will advertise these as widely as we can.
We continue to be open for private prayer at St. Mary’s and St. John’s on Sundays between 2 pm and 4 pm and Wednesday mornings between 10 am and 12 noon. As those of you who have taken advantage of the private prayer will know, we have had to put restrictions and procedures in place for that to happen safely. The same will have to be done before we can start any form of worship. We shall probably not be able to take the full number of people we had before. Much as we would love to open the doors and hold large gatherings again opinion is very much divided over the wisdom of the speed with which things are opening. The medical advice is still to move with caution especially with those who fall into the vulnerable categories, which is why I and the PCC are recommending that we bide a while longer.
In the meantime, we shall continue to send out the online services which I hope you are finding of some use. There are also some good ideas being developed to help us work with our schools and there has been a request that we do something live on Facebook.
Coming out of lockdown will be a lot harder than going in and even if there is not a second wave of the virus life will continue to be strange in many ways for some time to come. The work of the church whether we are using the buildings or not is to pray and help those in need. This we can continue to do and I am sure that given the effects of the lock down and other massive social issues such as the Black Lives Matter campaign and Brexit both our prayers and our actions will be much needed. God is with us in all of this, his guidance and support is there for the asking and one of the ways in which that support is most effective is through his body here on earth, the church. Continue to pray, continue to help those you know are in need, and if you are in difficulty yourself then please let me or someone in the church know and that support and love can be directed your way as you are in need.
May God Bless you and keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you and keep you safe.
One of the ministries we offer is our prayer team who are willing to offer prayers on your behalf in a crisis situation. If you have an urgent need for prayers then please contact our Prayer Chain Coordinators,
Carol on 515894 or Barry on 493884.
We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit
Andrew, Stephen, John, Wendy, Shaney, Daniel, Michael, Sarah, Donna, Stephen & Tracey, Daniel, Philippa, Pat, Beryl,
Ash and Alex, Krystian, Margaret, Trevor, Hilda, Nicholas, Harry, Brian, Andrew, Jimmy, Claire, Charles, Paul & Dorothy, Jacob, Jean, Barbara, Judith, Diana, Dorothy.
We pray for those who have recently died and their families
Gladys Hancox-Astle, Dulcie Tolson, Martin Hunt, Doreen Brennan.
From our Parish Prayer List
Churches Together in Mirfield and, all the denominations represented there.
Students studying at the College of the Resurrection, University and College.
For those who work in Agriculture and land management.
For our link with the Parish of N’Gope in the Diocese of Rorya, Tanzania.
If you would like anyone to be added or removed from our prayer lists please contact Janice Barker 01924 503530 email@example.com